Giffords prognosis improves, wounded deputy identified, AP and Shepard Fairey reach settlement over the Obama Hope poster, plus Mark Kriski and a bunch of media notes.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own and moving both arms, both very encouraging signs of recovery, physicians at University Medical Center in Tucson said. They also now feel the bullet entered from the front of her skull. LAT
Gov. Brown's budget would add 30,000 or more state parolees to the Los Angeles County Probation Department's load, move 13,550 felons to county jails and strip $450 milliom the CalWorks welfare program locally — along with other major new costs. ZevWeb, LAT, DN
Brown named Ilene Straus, the wife of longtime friend and confidante Tom Quinn, to the state Board of Education. She is a former principal of Santa Monica High School and current assistant superintendent in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. LAT
The City Council will take up more deep budget cuts today, including more furlough days for employees and cuts in the LAFD budget. DN
The Daily News editorial page joined the Times in endorsing leasing of city-owned parking garages. DN editorial
CD 14 candidate Rudy Martinez returned $6,000 in contributions from ex-councilman Nick Pacheco and his employees, in the face of an Ethics Commission inquiry. The City Maven
Former City Council candidate Robyn Ritter Simon has launched a new website that includes a blog about the year leading up to her 50th birthday.
The Associated Press, Shepard Fairey and Fairey’s companies Obey Giant Art, Inc., Obey Giant LLC, and Studio Number One, Inc., have agreed in principle to settle their pending copyright infringement lawsuit over rights in the Obama Hope poster and related merchandise. AP release
Ailing weathercaster Mark Kriski was due to join the KTLA Morning News crew by phone this morning at 8:35 for a health update.
Channel 4 will rebroadcast "LA Heroes: Untold Stories of Haiti" at 12:30 p.m.
Tom Hooper, director of “The King's Speech,” will talk about the film's R rating on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" at 2:40 p.m.
WitnessLA and Spot.us are collaborating on a new LA Justice Report project, this time looking at deputy-aided violence inside the county jail system. Witness LA
Also: Neon Tommy special projects editor Olga Khazan has done a piece at Spot.us on the envionmental legacy of the Santa Susana Field Lab above Chatsworth. Neon Tommy
KOCE has quietly activated digital channel 50.4, running the World programs which used to be on KCET channel 28.4.
A judge stripped Dr. Conrad Murray of his state medical license Tuesday after ruling that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try him for manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. LAT
David Nelson, the last remaining member of the original Ozzie and Harriet Nelson family from 1950s and '60s television, died at home in Century City of colon cancer. He was 74. LAT
Christopher Trumbo, the screen and television writer son of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, died of complications from kidney cancer at home in Ojai. He was 70. LAT
The Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon will come before the city's Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday for possible landmark status. The staff opposes landmarking the lot in front of the cemetery, but the original rancho-owning Marquez family calls it necessary to protect "the front lot from private development that will hide the cemetery wall and its niche containing the statue of San Lorenzo (which the street was named after in 1926) from public view forever."